Santa Cruz County has a natural source of water due to its unique positioning along side the Santa Cruz Mountain range. Approximately, ninety-five percent of Santa Cruz's water supply comes from local surface waters and the remaining 5% comes from groundwater. The main source of water for the City of Santa Cruz, the San Lorenzo River, makes up 47% of their supply. Other flowing sources include Majors Creek, Laguna Creek and Liddel Spring, which account for 32% of the County's supply. The only reservoir for the City of Santa Cruz is Loch Lomond Reservoir, which holds 2.8 billion gallons.
Learn more about the watershed you belong to, with information about water quality, and stream flows from the US Environmental Protection Agency web site.
Water Districts that supplies water and sewer needs to the Santa Cruz County:
Map of Water Districts in the County:
What are we doing about it?
In October 2013, the City Council directed staff to develop a plan to engage the community in an examination of water supply issues. From that direction, the Water Supply Advisory Committee (WSAC) was born. The members on the committee represents broad community interests including the environment, business, education and the water commission. Their website includes a list of facts and information on their current work.